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Further Adventures in Vermi-Composting

The following article is by guest contributor by Lynda Sturgeoff. Lynda Sturgeoff, a retired Ph.D. chemist, now spends her time volunteering for various organizations where her knowledge of science and her passion for the environment can be of most service. In between Zoom meetings, continuous learning, gardening and grandchildren, she still finds some time for writing. …

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Supporting Local Farmers: The Environmental and Economic Benefits

Supporting local businesses has historic roots in our communities – prior to globalization, the majority of the goods and services we consumed could be nothing other than local. Now, there is a rejuvenated social movement encouraging people to buy locally. Whether that is businesses or art or food, “supporting local” always centres the people who …

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How to Save Your Back: The Benefits of a No-Till Garden

When starting a new garden, or to start the new gardening season, home gardeners have been known to rev up the rototiller and hack away mercilessly at the ground in an effort to break up compacted soil, eliminate weeds and sod and improve aeration. New research suggests this may not be the best choice to prepare a new bed; in …

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Tips and Tricks for Maintaining the Indoor Veggie Garden

Dar Corrigan is a Master Gardener and a member of Halton Region Master Gardeners since 2018.  Prior to that, Dar lived a very urban and transitional life, moving between three countries over the past two decades.  She now raises her family and gardens at home in Oakville. Her current gardening interests include indoor kitchen gardens.  …

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The Importance of Canoe Gardens in our Communities

I attended a canoe garden installation in Burlington held by Halton Environmental Network, Reach Out Center For Kids (ROCK) and Arthouse Halton. If you’re wondering what exactly a canoe garden is, it’s just like it sounds, a garden planted in a canoe.   The point of a canoe garden is to fill it with native plant species that have co-evolved with our native pollinators for thousands of years. These plants will create a habitat specific to our local pollinators and animals. As …

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Halton Food Volunteer Spotlight: Micheline Wheeler

The following is an interview with Micheline W. Micheline is a garden champion at one of the community garden sites in Oakville. She is passionate about reducing food waste and food insecurity in her community. Read her story below for a few easy tips and tricks to reduce food waste in your home.  What food waste tips would you like to …

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Common Problems in the Garden

We here at Halton Food hope you are having a successful growing season. We are all too aware though, that sometimes things don’t go as planned. We have listed eight common problems our readers have encountered in the vegetable garden. Tomatoes are cracked or split around the top or sides Tomatoes can split in concentric circles or in radial lines starting at the stem. To prevent the fruit …

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We’re hiring!

Halton Food is currently seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, garden enthusistic youth between the ages of 15 – 30 to work with us this summer supporting community food gardens across Halton Region. If you love to garden and giving back to your community consider applying for our Canada Summer Job Program position. For more information please …

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